Own A Piece Of Music History Near Nashville

Dated: 11/24/2014

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by TJ Anderson

Not every area gets to see multiple pieces of serious music history hit the market all at once. Ever think about living or working inside a space that once housed a country or rock 'n' roll great? The folks at Historic Nashville, Inc. — a great resource if you’re interested in our area’s historic architecture — just tipped toward several remarkable pieces of Music City history on the market here now:

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Mother Maybelle Carter’s place

1020 Gibson Dr.,

The country music history in this historic Madison farmhouse is ample: Historic Nashville, Inc. says Country Music Hall of Famer Carl Smith and his wife at the time, June Carter, lived here in the ’50s, and later, pioneer Mother Maybelle Carter moved in, living there toward the end of her life in the ’70s. Living in this place would mean not only walking in the footsteps of country greats, but having a seriously charming home, too, from the classic stone exterior to the huge second-floor porch. The listing suggests that it’d make an ideal B&B — getting any ideas?

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Colonel Tom Parker’s office

1215 Gallatin Pike S.

This one’s a commercial property, but it’s nonetheless imbued with some pretty intense music-historical import. Historic Nashville, Inc. notes that Colonel Tom Parker — the late and famed manager of Elvis Presley and a mix of country stars — did his day-to-day managing and now-storied idea generating right here in this 3400-plus-square-foot stone building in Madison (probably some wrangling in the two outbuildings onsite too). If you believe in inspiration infusing the walls of a place, I’ll guess there’s plenty of it to be found in here.

Historic Nashville also says country star Hank Snow’s beloved Rainbow Ranch — recording studio and massive barn included — is going on the market on E. Marthona Rd. in Madison. We haven’t seen it on the MLS yet, but from what we hear, the historical treasure needs loving hands to transform it back to its former glory. A worthwhile effort for sure. 

While we’re on the subject of history — if you’re on the hunt for a slice of local history that doesn’t necessarily have a musical tie-in, there are some great places on the market right now. A few that I really like:

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1022 Lischey Ave.


Original windows, gorgeous brick fireplaces, 12 foot ceilings and eye-grabbing exterior detail in this totally renovated 1906 Victorian in East Nashville.

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4902 Elkins Ave,


One of our listings, with truly stunning touches that hark back to the Sylvan Park Victorian’s 1899 roots. The home was restored by a master craftsman, so you get the best of both worlds: historic beauty and meticulous modern care.

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1018 W Main St.


The curb appeal of this restored 1917 home in Historic Downtown Franklin is immediately followed up by beautiful woodwork, three charming fireplaces and other period-perfect details. The home also has a lot of touches that house hunters covet today, like an open kitchen and fantastic outdoor living space.

Any thoughts on these varied pieces of Nashville history? If you’re looking for a home with some story behind it, I’d love to help — I’m as awed by Nashville’s current vibrant growth as I am by the incredible wealth of history in the area, and I’d be honored to help you find your perfect piece of the past. Drop me a line!
(Top photo, another piece of country music history: Shorty Warren, Rosalie Allen, Ernest Tubb, Cy Sweat, Dave Miller, Radio Dot, Smokey Warren, Dick Richards, Minnie Pearl, Bob McCoy, and Smokey Swan at Carnegie Hall in 1947, by William P. Gottlieb.)
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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